Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday


If time is short or travel distances are long, it may be necessary to fly between destinations within Europe rather than catching a train or driving. With an ever-increasing number of low-cost (or budget) airlines now operating, I thought it may be useful if I shared with you details of some of the low-cost carriers that fly throughout the UK and Europe that I am aware of so that you know how to find cheap flights in Europe.

The Matterhorn, SwitzerlandHave you ever visited somewhere and had to pinch yourself to make sure it wasn't a dream? Maybe it was somewhere you found yourself by chance, or perhaps a place you had always longed to visit. On my travels through Europe I've been fortunate to visit some amazing places but two stand out as real 'pinch me' destinations.

Lessons I have learned from travelling in EuropeNo matter how frequently you travel, there are still lessons to be learned along the way. Each time I visit Europe I pick up new tips but my most important lessons were learned when my husband was admitted to hospital in France. These tips may just help you to have a much smoother holiday experience in Europe (or wherever you travel).





Iceland holidaysBack in 2010, travellers were cursing Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano when it erupted for the first time in 600 years and caused havoc for air travel but lately, the attention that's been on Iceland has been favourable. If you've seen the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you'll know that a big feature of the film is the stunning scenery and this has brought an increased interest from travellers keen to visit Iceland.

Coffee must be one of the world's most-loved drinks and most of us have a favourite way we like to drink it - short black, cappuccino, latte, etc - and a favourite cafe in which to enjoy it. Europeans are no different, with long-held coffee drinking customs that are often quite different to our own.

Australian PassportAustralian passport holders travelling to Turkey after April 10, 2014 will now be required to apply for an electronic visa prior to their arrival in Turkey. Currently the Turkish Government issues visas upon arrival but Australian travellers will now need to complete an e-visa application in advance of their travels.

tea-cupIf you're a tea drinker like me, you might want to consider taking your own teabags to Europe. I drink Lipton tea and whilst I have been able to purchase that brand of teabags in Europe before, they are certainly not available in all supermarkets. The European version of regular black tea doesn't have quite the same taste and often you'll find the only option is Earl Grey, which I'm not a fan of.


Munich was on my 2013 European itinerary, albeit just for one night, and I had no hesitation in booking rooms at the 4* Holiday Inn Munich City Centre after staying there in 2010. Location and access to the S-bahn rail system which connects to the airport are two of the factors that make it a good choice in my books.

mondsee, austrian lakesOne of the best things about travel (if not THE best), is the new discoveries you make. Maybe your new 'discovery' is somewhere you've read about and have always wanted to visit or perhaps it's somewhere you have stumbled across by chance. Whatever the reason, discovering new towns and villages or regions that leave a lasting impression is what the best travel memories are made of. In 2013, I was lucky enough to 'discover' a number of new places on my eight week trip around Britain and Europe. These are my five greatest discoveries of 2013 (in no particular order).